Obituaries

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Fr. John L. Harvey

Pastor

Father John L. Harvey, 67, died June 9. He was pastor of St. Mary Queen of Apostles Parish in Riverdale.

Born in Chicago, Father Harvey attended Hales Franciscan High School, earned a bachelor’s degree at the St. Louis University and a pursued a master’s degree at the Chicago Theological Seminary.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1986.

Father Harvey served at the following parishes: St. Felicitas, St. Benedict the African-East and West, St. Mary of the Assumption, and St. Mary Queen of Apostles Parish in Riverdale. For many years, Father Harvey served as the cardinal’s liaison to the Charismatic Renewal. 

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Deacon Kevin Hill

Class of 2009

Deacon Kevin Hill, 72, died April 21 after battling ALS. 

He was ordained in 2009 and previously served at St. John Brebeuf Parish, Niles. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Deacon August Jeffery

Class of 1994

Deacon August “Gus” E. Jeffery, 91, died June 22. He was ordained in 1994 and served at Divine Savior Parish, Norridge.

Born in Chicago, Deacon Jeffery graduated from Loyola University and did much of his graduate work there. He taught at St. Rita High School for 35 years and served as a full-time deacon at Divine Savior Parish, Norridge.

He is survived by his brother, Joseph.

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Deacon Carlos Nazario

Class of 1989

Deacon Carlos Nazario, 84, died June 23 in Florida, where he lived for a number of years. He was ordained in 1989 and previously ministered at Our Lady of Grace Parish.

He was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Chicago in 1955. He lived in Chicago for 46 years.

He worked for Newmann Family Services, an organization that served mentally disabled children, and for the City of Chicago’s Department of Human Services.

He is survived by his wife, Susana; his children Carlos May Nazario and Wanda Ivette Nazario; his stepson Manuel Vargas; and two grandchildren.

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Sr. M. Annella Kipa

Educator, health care worker

Holy Family of Nazareth Sister M. Annella Kipa, 92, died June 12.

Born in Chicago, she entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in 1951 and professed final vows in 1960.
 
In Chicago, she taught at Holy Trinity School and Immaculate Heart of Mary School. She also served at Holy Family Health Center (later Holy Family Nursing and Rehab) in Des Plaines for 24 years as receptionist, medical records assistant, housekeeping manager and other jobs that she took on as needed. She volunteered at Casa San Carlo Retirement Community in Northlake for nine years before retiring to the provincialate in Des Plaines at the age of 90.

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Sr. Genevieve Shea

Educator, chaplain

Sister of the Living Word Genevieve Shea, 98, died June 19.

Sister Genevieve, who was known as Sister Camilla after joining the Sisters of Christian Charity, taught elementary and high school in Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri and Iowa for 20 years, was a principal for eight years and served as a librarian at Mallinkrodt College in Wilmette. She later ministered as a chaplain and ministered to the elderly for 10 years.

After retiring, she served as community archivist for the Sisters of the Living Word for 16 years, and began to develop the community’s website during that time. In her mid- to late 80s, she volunteered with the Over 50 Group at St. James Parish in Arlington Heights.

She later moved to the Resurrection Life Center.

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Deacon Francis Patrick McGann

Ministered at Marytown

Conventual Franciscan Deacon Francis Patrick McGann Jr., 77, died June 22.

Deacon McGann was a devoted Conventual Franciscan friar dedicated to promoting the witness and life of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Prior to taking his solemn vows, Deacon McGann shared 37 years of marriage with Lois McGann, who he had known since grade school. 

Born and raised in Moorestown, New Jersey, where he owned a liquor store and an Irish pub, he was ordained a permanent deacon in 1983 and served at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Moorestown until he decided to pursue his lifelong vocational calling by beginning his postulancy. 

Deacon McGann is survived by his former wife, Lois McGann; their three daughters, Kathleen McGann, Kelly Hébert and Karen McGann-Smith; and their son, Kyle Francis McGann; his sister Margaret Aeillio; and five grandchildren.

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Sr. Ann Seraphim Schenk

Educator

Adrian Domican Sister Ann Seraphim (Doris) Schenk, 100, died June 24 in Adrian, Michigan. She was 100 years of age and in the 81st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Born in Belleville, Illinois, she was in the 81st year of her religious life.

She ministered in elementary and music education in Michigan, Illinois and Arizona.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she was an elementary and music teacher at St. James, Maywood (1947-1950) and an elementary teacher at St. Denis (1972-1973).

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Sr. Evelyn Vichuras

Health care worker

Sister of St. Casimir Evelyn Vichuras, 96, died June 25. 

A native of Gary, Indiana, Sister Evelyn entered the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1939.  She made her first profession of vows in 1942 and made her final vows in 1947. 

After a few years teaching in the elementary grades, Sister Evelyn spent well over 50 years in health care.  In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served as a teacher at Our Lady of Vilna School (1942-1945) and Nativity BVM School (1947-1949).  She served in health care ministries at Holy Cross Hospital from 1954 to 2007.

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Sr. Maurine Therese Thiel

Educator

BVM Sister Maurine Therese Thiel, 86, died June 28 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Born in Chicago, she entered the community from Our Lady of Angels Parish in 1949.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Maurine was an elementary teacher at Annunciation, Holy Name, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Angels, St. Bartholomew, and St. Constance schools in Chicago; a primary teacher aide at Divine Savior, Norridge; and volunteered as a catechist at St. Dismas Parish, Waukegan.

She also ministered in other communities in Illinois and in Missouri and Iowa.

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